BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Kathryn Westbeld scored a career-high 17 points in leading No. 4 Notre Dame to a 74-50 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night.
The freshman was averaging 8.6 points per game before scoring 11 in the first half as Notre Dame (20-2, 7-1 ACC) jumped out to a 43-17 halftime lead. The Fighting Irish, tied with Florida State and Louisville atop the ACC standings, won their sixth straight game and beat the Hokies for the third consecutive time.
Westbeld went 8 of 14 from the floor and Notre Dame shot 50 percent (28 of 56).
Jewell Loyd, who was leading the ACC in scoring at 21.6 points per game, added 16 for the Fighting Irish — including 14 in the first half. She went 5 of 9 from the field, hitting both 3-point attempts, and scored in double figures for the 21st time this season.
Notre Dame trailed by a basket early in the game, but used a 21-3 run to grab the lead and never trailed again. Loyd scored 10 points during the spurt.
The Fighting Irish statistically dominated the first 20 minutes en route to a 26-point halftime lead. They shot 57.1 percent (16 of 28), including 55.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (5 of 9). They also outrebounded the Hokies 22-10.
Hannah Young led Virginia Tech (10-11, 1-7) with 13 points. Rachel Camp, the Hokies’ leading scorer at 15 points per game coming in, had just six points and fouled out with 8:21 remaining.
Virginia Tech shot just 35.8 percent from the floor (19 of 53) in losing for the seventh time in eight games.
Notre Dame: The Irish have been ranked in the top 10 of The Associated Press poll for 78 straight weeks and have appeared in the AP poll 148 consecutive weeks. … Notre Dame is second in the nation in field-goal percentage (50.1) and fourth in scoring offense (85.3 ppg). … Notre Dame has won 32 of its past 33 road games. … The Fighting Irish’s 43 first-half points were the most Virginia Tech has allowed in a first half this season.
Virginia Tech: Hokies guard Vanessa Panousis was the second-leading scorer on the team at 14.1 points per game coming, but scored just eight against the Irish. … Despite leading the Hokies in scoring, Camp hasn’t reached double figures in the past four games.
Notre Dame returns home to face Wake Forest on Sunday.
Virginia Tech visits Georgia Tech on Sunday.
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